You have the chance to hear this Latvian mezzo-soprano, and new member of the Ensemble at Oper Frankfurt, for the first time this season, singing the title roles in Bizet's Carmen and Handel's Xerxes. She also sings Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos. Carmen, which she has sung at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Latvian National Opera in Riga, is a role she sings at Seattle Opera in 2019. She studied at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, the Manhattan School of Music and Scuola Italia and has appeared at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, North Carolina Opera, Palm Beach Opera and San Francisco Opera, where she was an Adler scholarship member of their Merola Opera Program and where roles included Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Maddalena (Rigoletto), 3rd Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Flora (La traviata), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Tisbe (La Cenerentola) and Lena in the world premiere of Marco Tutino's La Ciociara. Zanda Švēde's repertoire includes the roles of Endimione (Cavalli's La Calisto), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Grimgerde (Die Walküre) and the lead roles in Massenet's Cléopâtre and Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires.